<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Why the media can't report the "good things" happening in Iraq

Monday, March 27, 2006

Why the media can't report the "good things" happening in Iraq

When CNN's Howard Kurtz interviewed CBS News reporter Lara Logan, he got an earful about why we seem to be getting only bad news from reporters in Iraq.

KURTZ: But critics would say, well, no wonder people back home think things are falling apart because we get this steady drumbeat of negativity from the correspondents there.

LOGAN: Well, who says things aren't falling apart in Iraq? I mean, what you didn't see on your screens this week was all the unidentified bodies that have been turning up, all the allegations here of militias that are really controlling the security forces.

What about all the American soldiers that died this week that you didn't see on our screens? I mean, we've reported on reconstruction stories over and over again…I mean, I really resent the fact that people say that we're not reflecting the true picture here. That's totally unfair and it's really unfounded.

...Our own editors back in New York are asking us the same things. They read the same comments. You know, are there positive stories? Can't you find them? You don't think that I haven't been to the U.S. military and the State Department and the embassy and asked them over and over again, let's see the good stories, show us some of the good things that are going on? Oh, sorry, we can't take to you that school project, because if you put that on TV, they're going to be attacked about, the teachers are going to be killed, the children might be victims of attack.

Oh, sorry, we can't show this reconstruction project because then that's going to expose it to sabotage. And the last time we had journalists down here, the plant was attacked. I mean, security dominates every single thing that happens in this country….So how is it that security issues should not then dominate the media coverage coming out of here?



Blogger carla said...

I posted about this over at Preemptive Karma yesterday.

In my view, this isn't about the media at all. Its about looking for a scapegoat to stay in power.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Editor at Large said...


Yes, it's always been about finding scapegoats, hasn't it? At least now someone from the media is crying "foul!"

3:56 PM  

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